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Oregon regulators again consider proposal for psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville
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Story by Jeff Manning | The Oregonian/OregonLive - Story Source
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More than three years after the state rejected a plan to build a psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville, a Pennsylvania health care company has revived the proposal.

Universal Health Services reached a significant milestone early this month when it completed its new certificate-of-need application. It generally takes the Oregon Health Authority 90 days to issue a recommendation after the certificate of need is deemed complete, the agency told the company in a March 2 letter.

With homelessness on the rise across the state, driven in part by chronically untreated mental health issues, advocates agree Oregon badly needs more facilities to help. In 2017, though, skeptics raised doubts about the quality of Universal's care and its proposed Wilsonville location – 20 miles from Portland's urban core.